Around Javelina Nation Week of 09/03/18

Steve Roach Named Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Steven Tallant announced the selection of Steve Roach as the university's new Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation on Tuesday, September 4. Roach will begin serving in his new role October 1.

"I am excited to join an outstanding university at Texas A&M University- Kingsville. I would like to thank President Tallant, Chief of Staff Randy Hughes, and the search committee for selecting me for this prestigious role," Roach said. "Texas A&M University- Kingsville is a high-quality institution, with a rich tradition in athletics. The opportunity to provide leadership and to continue striving for the already high standard of success is an honor. Most importantly, I look forward to working with our student-athletes in order to provide them with a quality student-athlete experience, along with the tools and resources to excel and develop academically, athletically, and socially."

Photos featuring Steve and Molly Roach from press conference held on Wednesday, September 5 at McCulley Hall on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus.

Read more about the new Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation at the link below.

New Schmidt Exhibit Includes Unveiling of Restored Portrait

The John E. Conner Museum hosted a special reception this week to honor one of the university’s most beloved retirees. Maurice Schmidt, Professor Emeritus in Art, currently has over 70 pieces of his artwork on display at the museum in the exhibit entitled I Call South Texas Home. One special piece, unveiled at the reception, was a portrait of John E. Conner, the university’s first history professor. Schmidt painted the portrait when Conner was 100 years old in 1984. After some time, the painting was thought to be missing. It was discovered in 2011 and was restored to original greatness.

Learn more about the exhibit by watching the video below.

New Contrabass Flute

The TAMUK Flute Studio is delighted to unveil our very first, and BRAND NEW Contrabass Flute. Funds were raised with the support of a generous research grant from the TAMUK College of Arts & Sciences and the incredibly dedicated efforts of the studio, who raised over half of the $9000 price tag!

Photo of student Emily Munoz with the new Contrabass Flute.

Dr. Susan Roberson Serves as Delegate at Phi Kappa Phi Biennial Convention

Dr. Susan Roberson, professor of English at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, represented the university's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—at the Society’s 45th Biennial Convention held August 2-4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Susan Roberson

Roberson currently serves as president of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville chapter and attended the convention as the chapter’s voting delegate.

The convention, themed Keep Calm and Carry on Excellence, brought together more than 250 attendees including chapter officers, board members, national office staff and guests from across the nation. The two-day event started with a keynote address from Julie Schumacher, best-selling author and professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Minnesota.

Other highlights of the convention included a panel of three provosts discussing issues impacting higher education, presentation of the Society’s $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award to Western Michigan University, divisional meetings, chapter development trainings, and elections for the 2018-2020 board of directors and divisional vice presidents.

The College of Engineering Outreach Program

The College of Engineering continues an aggressive outcome based recruitment and outreach program, targeting South Texas high Schools and community colleges. This past week, educational presentations, hands-on activities and partnership development transpired with the following schools: Coastal Bend College – Alice, Veteran’s Memorial High School, Gregory Portland High School, Coastal Bend College – Kingsville, Calallen High School, Falfurrias Junior High, Academy High School, H.M. King High School and Presbyterian Pan American School.

Photos from outreach program.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Visit

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was on campus on Wednesday and Thursday August 29th -30th for the Career Fair and to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with TAMUK. They met with faculty and staff from the College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences and the College of Engineering. Discussions took place on renewing the MOU and on creating more opportunities for TAMUK students. On the evening of the 29th, they gave a presentation to TAMUK students on jobs and internship opportunities. The following day they took part in the Career Fair.

Exxon Mobil Representative Presents about Engineering Opportunities

On Thursday August 30th, Kevin Smalstig from ExxonMobil gave a presentation . Around 220 students, faculty and other campus community representatives attended the presentation where they learned more about engineering and operations opportunities with Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, the ExxonMobil and SABIC proposed plastics manufacturing plant in San Patricio County.

Photo from Kevin Smalstig presentation.

Schlumberger Information session

Schlumberger visited the College of Engineering on Wednesday, August 29 for an information session on job opportunities to interested students. It was standing room only for the event as the College of Engineering looks to continue our partnership with them. Schlumberger also attended the Career Fair the following day.

New Tailgating Guidelines

Be sure to read the updated tailgating guidelines at the link below.

Get your vintage gear at the university bookstore!

Recycling On Campus

We’re sure you’ve seen all kinds of bins around campus – what do we put in them and which ones are for recycling?

We have five main types of recycling receptacles on campus – Office Bins, Indoor bins, Outdoor bins, Rollouts, and Cages.

Office Bin

This bin is for personal recycling. You can put paper, empty cans and plastic bottles, and non-corrugated cardboard in this bin before emptying it in a larger indoor bin!

Indoor Bin

We have paper bins and plastic/metal bins inside buildings throughout campus. Mixed recycling from your individual office bins can be separated and placed in these!

Outdoor Bin

These bins are located outside buildings and outdoor gathering areas. These are comingled and can be utilized for plastic bottles and cans.


Rollouts are located outside certain buildings and are specifically for FLATTENED cardboard and BAGGED recyclables, such as shredded paper. Please do not place loose recyclables in these!


Cages are located in various areas on campus and are specifically for FLATTENED cardboard, but can also house BAGGED recyclables. Please do not place loose recyclables in these!

Thank you for recycling and for your overall commitment to making our campus sustainable!

Football to host Rams for 2018 Home Opener

Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas Wesleyan will face off at the newly minted Pepsi Field at Javelina Stadium for the second week of 2018. The contest is part of the Hall of Fame & Champions Weekend sponsored by Pepsi.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 8.

The game will broadcast on the Javelina Athletics YouTube channel as well as KTAI 91.1

Photo courtesy of Jon Montoya.

Conference play begins at home for Javelina Volleyball

After starting their season by battling through a difficult nonconference lineup, the Texas A&M-Kingsville women's volleyball team is set to open their Lone Star Conference schedule as well as their home slate with a match against Western New Mexico on Friday at 4 p.m. and a 2 p.m. tilt with UT Permian Basin on Saturday with both matches at the Steinke Physical Education Center in Kingsville, Texas.

Photo courtesy of javelinaathletics.com.

September Calendar of Events

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

The Physics and Geosciences Department will host a public viewing at Hill Hall.

The Department of Physics and Geosciences at Texas A&M University – Kingsville presents our first Earth and Space Science Evening for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

The focus of the astronomy viewing will be the Moon, Mars and Saturn, beginning at 8:00 PM. The Geosciences Program will present two 45-minute programs from the award-winning TV series How the Earth Was Made, one at 7:30 PM and one at 8:30 PM.

For more information on this free event, contact Mrs. Cherrie Nelson at 361-593-2324 (cherrie.nelson@tamuk.edu) or Dr. Mark Ford at 361-593-2767 (mark.ford@tamuk.edu).

Homecoming Schedule

Please join us for 2018 Constitution Day: September 17 at 11 a.m. in the Javelina Dining Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

Free Javelina Swag

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